Drawing Hearts to Jesus
One of them was Lydia from Thyatira, a merchant of expensive purple cloth, who worshiped God. As she listened to us, the Lord opened her heart, and she accepted what Paul was saying.
Acts 16:14 NLT
It is our responsibility to tell the story of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection with the forgiveness found therein: it is the Holy Spirit’s responsibility to change and transform a heart. We are not called to count notches in our belts, but we are obligated to share our most precious treasure. The difficulty is learning the most effective way to share the unchanging message of the gospel in a constantly changing world. This message is “good news” for Jesus Christ came to pay the dept of sin, break the chains of sin’s bondage, and empower us to overcome sin’s grip.
In order to catch men for the Lord Jesus Christ, you must love Jesus Christ absolutely, beyond all others. You must have a consuming passion of love, then He will flow through you in a passion of love and yearning and draw men to Himself.
Oswald Chambers, Workmen of God : The Cure for Souls (Hants UK: Marshall, Morgan & Scott, 1996, c1937).